Saturday, May 30, 2009

You're both the perpetrator AND the victim.

Josh over at The Bridge Church posted what's below a couple of days ago on his blog, and I thought it was worth repeating:

A quick devotional thought from my reading a couple days ago…

When we sin, we are both the perpetrator and the victim.

We are both guilty before God and enslaved by sin.

The gospel is both forgiveness and freedom.

Jesus is both our sacrifice of atonement and our kinsman redeemer.

Theologically liberal people tend to view sinners as victims only while fundamentalists tend to view sinners as criminals only. If we view ourselves as only victims, we’ll never confront and repent of our sin… but if we only view ourselves as criminals, God will seem a harsh judge to us and we’ll eventually wilt under the weight of constant guilt.

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